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Horace Mann Building Worthy of Saving

Workers were busy boarding up windows this morning as I walked the dog around the block where the Horace Mann building sits empty.

On our daily walks I’ve noticed a significant increase in the amount of trash gathering around the block. Discarded beer cans, fast food remnants and packaging, condoms and hygiene products are common and I can’t walk ten feet in either direction without willing the dog to leave them alone.

I’ve already witnessed some of the effects, but the following article illustrates the possible repercussions of this stately building being shuttered for too long.

Can we save the old Horace Mann School?

0 thoughts on “Horace Mann Building Worthy of Saving

  1. Does anybody know the District’s plans to manage the garbage and vandelism that will occur on and around their property? Is there a number neighbors can call to report issues?

  2. I would encourage you, all of us, to call and/or email the district every single day. For good measure, you can cc members of city council, SPD, or any other city agencies that can encourage the district to act responsibly with its properties.

    For SPS Facilities, you can call 206-252-0644 or email:
    Fred Stephens, Director of Facilities/Construction- [email protected]
    Kathy Johnson, Facilities Planning Manager- [email protected]

    Since there is NO contact info for Maintenance or Environmental Planning departments, go straight to the top.
    Ron English, Deputy General Counsel- [email protected]
    Maria Goodloe-Johnson, Superintendent- [email protected]

    Not the most directly responsible agency, but these folk should know the fall out of decisions made. Let the Community Advisory Committee on School Facilities and Programs know what you’re seeing, concerned with. – [email protected]

  3. Takes one or two people willing to do some work, and then get the rest of us to support. I’ll support. I will come to ‘the meeting’. Don’t live by there. It’s best if property owners or people living in the nearby neighborhood start the ball rolling it. IMO

    The city staff contacts would be a great place to start to understand the options.

    The process:

    The building is already on the inventory and is eligble.

    Historic Seattle is also a great resource.